A record number of frontline NHS staff were vaccinated against influenza this winter, but uptake remains less than half of the workforce.
Latest figures were published last week by NHS Employers, which has run the “flu fighter” campaign for the last two years in an effort to boost uptake of the seasonal vaccine among health service staff.
By the end of January, 45.9% of frontline NHS staff in England – 459,293 people – had been vaccinated, compared with 44.7% in 2011-12 and 35% in 2010-11.
The teams behind record levels of vaccination were celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by NHS Employers last week.
Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust won the “flu fighting team” award, NHS Nottinghamshire County won the award for the “most improved trust” and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust won the “innovative flu fighter campaign” award.